Llanthony Secunda Priory Reformation Project

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Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Highly Commended

Region

South West

Local Authority Area

Gloucester

Information about this scheme

Llanthony Secunda Priory has a long and fascinating history, with the surviving buildings just a small fraction of the original site. The priory was established in 1136 expanding to become one of the most prosperous Priories in England.

At the Dissolution of the Monasteries the site was converted to a private residence, with the nave retained as a parish church, before being badly damaged during the 1643 Siege of Gloucester. The ruined site was subsequently used as agricultural land, eventually becoming engulfed by industrial development around the city’s docks. With the site in use as a scrap yard in the 20th century, the buildings were at one stage at risk of loss. The Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust acquired the site in 2007 and set about saving the site. The project saw the restoration of three buildings within the site; the Brick Range, Grade I listed remains of an early 16th century brick built monastic building; the Medieval Range, Grade I listed 15th century timber frame structure on a masonry base; the Victorian Farmhouse, Grade II listed brick building adjoining the Medieval Range.

The Medieval Range and Farmhouse buildings are linked internally and were restored as a single building. The Medieval Range was reinstated as a large single hall at first floor level, to be used as an events space, and divided into only two spaces at ground floor level, to provide a heritage centre and classroom. To sensitive repair, the required service spaces were located in the adjoining Farmhouse including offices, WCs, plant, stores, stairs and lift.

The Brick Range was a roofless ruin prior to this project, and the works included consolidation of the shell and provision of a new roof. An existing brickwork crosswall which separates approximately one third of the building to the east allowed service spaces including WCs and a servery to be separate.

These secondary spaces were fitted out by construction students from the neighbouring Gloucestershire College as part of an exciting partnership arrangement to develop interest in heritage amongst young construction workers.

Credits

Client

Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust

Applicant

Caroe & Partners

Conservation Architect

Caroe & Partners

Main Contractor

Croft Building & Conservation Ltd

Quantity Surveyor

Stenning & Co

Services Engineer

ESDP

Structural Engineer

Mann Williams

Landscape Architect

TEP

CDMC

Gleeds

Heritage Interpretation

Smith & Jones

Primary Use Class

Class D1g - Public Hall or Exhibition Centre